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“Surrounded by construction sites”
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Beach Rotana
Ranked #27 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 December 2010

The hotel lobby makes a great impression - the staff are very friendly and helpful - the courtyard outside is pleasant and the Christmas Market which was on while I was there was fun and caused no problems. The hotel has a good selection of restaurants and cafes with indoor and outdoor dining. The Brauhaus serves German dishes and beer and has a pleasant beer garden with a view over the water. However, I found the outdoor areas extremely loud due to the construction going on all around and even in the hotel. There was constant background noise and the constuction sites spoil the view totally.
Certainly the location is good with direct access to the Abu Dhabi Mall - so perhaps I'll give it another try when the construction work has been completed. Until then, there are lots of other hotels in Abu Dhabi.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

We have been to Beach Rotana Hotel several times. This time we opted for a Club Room and it was perfect. X-mass decorations were impressive too.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

I stayed at the Beach Rotana for 2 weeks while on business in AD - it wasn't my choice and I would push to stay at an international hotel like Hilton or Sheraton next time, for lower price and better frequent traveler benefits. It definitely is marketed as an upscale hotel - the price certainly reflect it, and the look matches at first glance. But the price (restaurant prices exhorbitant) simply isn't justified.

A few things that bothered me in particular
1. NOISE :The hotel is renovating something in atrium, which nearly all rooms open on to. Which means at 8am on the weekend, you are awakened by the sounds of jackhammering. This goes on ALL day long.
If you get a street facing room, the construction outside vibrated my room - it sounded like they were tunnelling under the street. Obviously the hotel can't help this, but it was very annoying. So- ask about construction noise and request a room that is going to be quiet when you want to relax or be asleep!

2. SERVICE: there are many staff members lingering around, but the attentiveness one would expect is simply not there. Every request was met with resistance of some form. Service was not any better than any other 3-4 star international hotel.

3. LOCATION: It is billed as a Beach hotel - but the beach is just a sandy bank facing a channel , which is under heavy construction and high rise buildings- absolutely not "ocean view". And the Corniche is a distance away, so it feels isolated for anyone who likes to stroll.

The positives:
*The fitness facility is excellent - large, clean, bright, lots of new equipment.
*The pool/beach front is expansive - lots of place to read in the sun. BUT, know that the beachfront isn't ideal but the water appeared clean.
*Housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful with extra bottles of water, or providing enough towels, etc. As long as the request didn't go through the front desk!
*Abu Dhabi mall is attached - it is small, but a nice concentration of shops. And a place to walk around as there is nothing nearby outside.

It isn't bad - your stay would be comfortable (as long as you deal with the noise) - just don't spend more money to stay here than the average international hotel in town.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

Rotana Beach is adjecent to Beach and the Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall. for a business trip excellent but also as leisure hotel. I try to book here everytime I 'm visiting AD because most of the people (often also visitors to Abu Dhabi) know the place and or come to visit one of the restaurants. I never forget my gym clothing because if possible I will use the gym. Rooms are somewhat smaller than expected but very nice and clean.
Yes I would recommend the hotel as it was recommended to me.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

Excellent service very friendly atmosphere,fantastic retaurants

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 November 2010

Just had a brilliant 10 day sunshine boost before Christmas. Every thing about the Hotel and staff was faultless, food in buffet was as good as it gets, quality and choice could not be faulted. Pool was always spotless, beach could not have been kept any cleaner. Gym opened at 6am, i'm no expert but it had every fitness machine you could need. Sunbeds and towels in abundance. Lifeguards always evident. OK you ask what are the snags. Yes there are building operations visible across the water(this is UAE not a dessert island) not that much noise, infact when they had a day off it was lunchtime before I realised there was no noise. Alcohol is plentiful but not cheap. Accomodation in the Tower building is recommended as the Classic rooms are not "suitable" for anything more than a business stopover.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Fouadhamade, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor.

The team and I look forward to welcoming you again.

Regards,

Fouad Hamade
Executive Assistant Manager
I/C Hotel Apartments
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200 Abu Dhabi U.A.E

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Reviewed 23 November 2010

Service and facilities are excellent in beach rotana, staff are very helpful and friendly.

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Additional Information about Beach Rotana

Address: Beach Rotana Hotel 2 St | Connected to Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi 45200, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#15 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#17 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#26 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#27 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#31 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: £79 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Beach Rotana 5*
Number of rooms: 565
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 30 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Home to the prestigious Abu Dhabi Trade Centre complex, our Abu Dhabi Beach Hotel is directly linked by an exclusive passageway to the over one million square feet Abu Dhabi Mall - the capital's most renowned shopping mall, which houses international brands, a 6-screen Cineplex and entertainment venues. ... more   less 
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